3x gold medalist May-Treanor advances in return to beach
Three-time Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor is competing on the beach again for the first time since the London Games.
''Time flies,'' May-Treanor said after she and Brittany Hochevar won both of their matches on Friday at the AVP Kingston Seattle Open. ''I'm just trying to survive. Let's see how much gas I have in my tank. I had to pull it out from places I didn't even know.''
May-Treanor, who won three Olympic titles with Kerri Walsh Jennings, said she is not coming out of retirement but only playing as a favor to Hochevar, who was without a partner. The two Long Beach State grads beat Ali McColloch and Emily Stockman 21-15, 21-19 in the opening round, then dispatched Lane Carico and Summer Ross 15-21, 23-21, 15-10 in the second.
They will play Emily Day and Olympic silver medalist Jen Kessy in a quarterfinal on Saturday. The finals are on Sunday on the shores of Lake Sammamish outside of Seattle.
May-Treanor, who has been running coaching clinics and taking care of her 14-month-old daughter, Malia, said she only trained two days before playing in the event.
''I'm in no rush to get back into shape, because I don't plan on playing,'' May-Treanor said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ''It's fun to me.''
May-Treanor teamed with Kerri Walsh Jennings to win three straight Olympic gold medals before retiring after the 2012 Games. Walsh Jennings is attempting a fourth Olympic title in a row with 2012 silver medalist April Ross.